At a recent meeting of the Colorado State University Microbiome Network, topics of conversation turned to poop pills for koala bears, crime scenes and dead bodies, tilapia farms in Honduras, and buttons urging “put a microbiome on it.” And that’s exactly what the coordinator of the new organization, Elizabeth Ryan, wants.
“We want to bring together peers interested in enhancing CSU’s microbiome research capacity,” said Ryan, an associate professor of toxicology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “And, importantly, we hope to build a community of people who want to share their work while learning from each other across the disciplines and applying microbiomes to their respective fields of study.”
A microbiome can be either all of the genetic material found within an individual microbe such as a bacterium, fungal cell, or virus, or the collection of genetic material found in a community of microbes that live together.
Bruno Sobral, One Health Institute director and a member of the Microbiome Network’s steering committee, said he envisions a community that will create collective intelligence around microbiome work and connections among people who share interests and are exploring similar questions in different ways.